Early and accurate recognition of an acutely ill child is essential. Ideal for quick reference, this pocket-sized guide puts all the crucial information at your fingertips.
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INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY
RECOGNITION OF ACUTE ILLNESS IN CHILDREN
KEY PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
Standards for assessing and measuring physiological observations
Pulse and respiration
Recording physiological observations
The limitations of Early Warning Scores (EWS)
The importance of parental observations
CHILDREN ARE DIFFERENT FROM ADULTS
Anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults
A structured approach to assessment
ASSESSMENT OF AIRWAY (A)
Is the airway open?
Are there any added sounds which may indicate airway difficulties?
ASSESSMENT OF BREATHING (B)
Effort of breathing
Efficacy of breathing
Effects of breathing inadequacy on other organs
Respiratory severity assessment
Oxygen delivery adjuncts
ASSESSMENT OF CIRCULATION (C)
Capillary refill time (CRT) and body temperature
Recognising the shocked child
Classification and causes of shock
The three stages of shock
Meningococcal septicaemia: signs and symptoms
Recognising the dehydrated child
Calculation of fluid requirements
ASSESSMENT OF DISABILITY (D)
Rapid assessment of disability: AVPU
Causes of raised intracranial pressure
Signs of raised intracranial pressure
‘Don’t ever forget glucose’: DEFG
Tips to promote accurate measurement and recording of neurological observations
Contraindications to performing a lumbar puncture
ASSESSMENT OF EXPOSURE (E)
Rashes and bruising
1 Physiological observations: normal ranges and estimation of weight formula
2 Paediatric SBAR tool
3 Basic life support – paediatric algorithm
4 Paediatric FBAO treatment algorithm
These handy pocket-sized books equip the nursing and healthcare student with all the essential information and tips they need whilst studying and on placement. Concise and ideal for quick reference, they cover key areas from clinical skills, through drugs in use and infection control, to health promotion and palliative care.
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